Nigerian Christians refute claims herdsmen killings were retaliatory, as Plateau violence reaches new peak

Nigerian Christians refute claims herdsmen killings were retaliatory, as Plateau violence reaches new peak
In central Nigeria, clashes between predominantly Christian farmers and mainly Muslim Fulani herdsmen reached another peak in Plateau over the weekend, as suspected herdsmen went on a killing spree in a dozen villages, leaving scores dead. Early reports suggested that 86 people were killed, but local sources contacted by World . . . Read More

Nigerian Christian schoolgirl ‘escaped’, only to be sent back to Boko Haram

Leah Sharibu, 14, was abducted by Boko Haram on 19 February. (Photo from family)
The only Christian among the 110 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted last month by Boko Haram ran away from her kidnappers but was caught and brought back three days later, according to fellow captives, reports the UK’s Guardian newspaper. Leah Sharibu, 15, and two other girls walked for three days and, hungry and exhausted, . . . Read More

Nigeria: 9 dead as suspected Fulani herdsmen ambush Christians in Plateau

Nigeria: 9 dead as suspected Fulani herdsmen ambush Christians in Plateau
Nine Christians were shot dead by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria’s central Plateau State on Tuesday night (7 November), as they returned from a weekly village market. Four more were injured during the incident in the Riyom Local Government Area (LGA), which happened at around 7.30pm. Seven were killed instantly, . . . Read More

Nigerian government has failed to counteract violence of Fulani herdsmen – ICG report

Nigerian government has failed to counteract violence of Fulani herdsmen – ICG report
In Nigeria, it isn’t only the northeast regions, stronghold of the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram, that have witnessed severe violence. The Middle Belt of the country, which straddles the divide between the largely Muslim north and the majority-Christian south, is also the scene of ever-continuing violence between settled farmers, . . . Read More

Nigerian government ‘complicit’ in ‘stealth jihad’, say Christian leaders

Nigerian government ‘complicit’ in ‘stealth jihad’, say Christian leaders
A group representing senior Christians in Nigeria has accused the government of trying to Islamise the country. In a statement on 6 September, ‘Jihad in Nigeria: burying the head in sand’, the National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) said jihad threatened the unity of the country. NCEF is composed of a number . . . Read More